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Fables of a Black Child

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Fables of a Black Child

Fables of a Black Child explores the complexities of identity through the metaphorical journey of a Black child. Each artwork serves as a chapter in a grand narrative exploring themes of constraint, discovery, transcendence, conflict, and harmony. This series offers an introspective look at the intertwined nature of light and darkness within human existence and the constant quest for balance and understanding.

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Father and son
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BOUNDED
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Through symbolism and a tapestry of cultural references, the series portrays African men and women who embody the multifaceted aspects of their heritage—religion culture and tradition. The artworks navigate through various emotional landscapes, showcasing the duality of human nature—the good and the evil, the greed and the kindness. It's a celebration of the strength found in accepting and expressing the full spectrum of human experiences.

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Lady Gambo
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IN MY ROOM
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"Art is a medium to tell stories. This story is told through the lens of a black child - exploring everything from conflicts with his identity, to the feeling of being bounded while dreaming of heaven. I add images into illustrated environments, to reimagine the images in new forms. It’s all about rethinking art in a Afrocentric way, where black excellence is showed with its tradition." - Domino (Featured Artist)

Olaiya Dominion David, known as Domino, is a 22 year old Nigerian visual artist residing in Lagos.
Olaiya Dominion David, known as Domino, is a 22 year old Nigerian visual artist residing in Lagos.

“The sky represents heaven, peace and beauty.”

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Heaven
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“I let the art tell the story itself. I embrace the darkness and light, but mostly the darkness.”

Domino (Featured Artist)
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Blackchild
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Rosa tales
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Curators Statement (juujuumama)

"This exhibition explores the profound layers of African identity and the universal quest for personal heaven. The characters symbolize every individual's struggle and resilience. I hope this curation promotes a dialogue on the necessity of accepting both the shadows and lights of life."

"Itan" translates to "story" or "history" in Yoruba. Yoruba people are one of the largest and most culturally significant ethnic groups in West Africa. Yoruba culture is known for its vibrant and expressive arts, including sculpture, textiles, music, dance, and storytelling. Yoruba art has a strong emphasis on symbolism and spirituality and has influenced the broader African art world. Itan Foundation World isn’t just about displaying art, but also about telling the stories and histories of West African artists, their cultures and their creative journeys. Each artwork is selected for its ability to evoke a sense of storytelling and exploration.